Welcome to The Blackstick Review!

Within these pages are stories meant to take you into the worlds created by aspiring writers. This site is the culmination of a semester spent learning how to craft a short story. Throughout this course we have broadened our definitions of short stories and challenged ourselves to experiment with new genres, new techniques, and new formats. The Blackstick Review is a demonstration of the creativity and dedication of the eight students chosen for English 303 at Mount Holyoke College. It is also a reflection of the hard work and patience of our professor, Corinne Demas. More about Professor Demas can be found here.

The stories featured here stem from a variety of assignments. Inspiration for them came from such diverse sources as newspaper articles, found objects, dreams and simply letting creativity run wild.

Please take your time, stay awhile, and enjoy!


Special thanks to our professor, Corinne Demas, for helping us to better understand the intricacies of a short story. We would also like to take this time to thank the Mount Holyoke College English Department, Maryanne Alos, Cynthia Meehan, Mary Stettner & English 303.

All photos courtesy of Cyrena Gasse, Violet Kupersmith, and Matthew Roehrig.


This website is maintained by the students of English 303. All stories and images are subject to copyright.